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Looking for fun on the water? The reservoir, named for former Governor Ross R. Barnett, offers 105 miles of shoreline with several man-made beaches and opportunities for all kinds of waterborne fun. Launch your boat in the morning and spend the day skiing, tubing, and just floating. Take a ride to the northside and cruise up the Pearl River for lunch on a sandbar or pull up the dock at Pelican Cove Grill and order some fresh boiled shrimp.
Located in Pelahatchie Shore Park, on the southeast side of the reservoir, is the Rez Disc Golf Course. This fun disc course offers a well-balanced mix of shots, with mature pine lined tunnels and open holes.
A couple of hours north you will find Grenada Lake. A part of Hugh White State Park, this 64,000-acre lake is ideal for boating, fishing, water skiing, tubing, and jet skiing. Spend the day enjoy the water with friends or pull up to one of the beaches and soak up some sun.
The Magnolia State is proudly home to some of the region's best fishing opportunities. So pack your rods, tackle box, and cast your lines out in some of central, northern, and southern Mississippi's best fishing holes and lakes.
Visit Tippah County Lake, where a lucky angler once reeled in a 42-pound catfish. Cast out your lines and try your luck at the numerous bass, crappie, bluegill, and redear just outside of Ripley.
Hook, line, and sinker – Found within Trace State Park, the 565-acre Trace Lake is popular destination for anglers traveling near Tupelo with boat in tow.
There’s nothing fishy about Wall Doxey State Park, featuring the 60-acre Spring Lake with plentiful amounts of freshwater catches stocked regularly.
Despite its namesake, there are no actual panthers roaming Calling Panther Lake – just ample amounts of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. You’ll find this 512-acre beauty just south of Jackson.
For anglers that dream of bream, Prentiss Walker Lake’s 30 feet depths and 81 acres provide more than enough outstanding fishing near Laurel.
At Lake Mike Conner, there’s always plenty more fish in the sea. This stocked, 79-acre lake is ideal for a quick cast for bass, crappie, blue, and more just outside of Laurel.
With multiple boat ramps and fishing piers, Lake Perry is a great fishing destination for anglers of all skill level just north of Wiggins.
They bite early and often at Lake Walthall – a 55-acre lake located in the scenic Mississippi River Delta near the town of McComb.